Rolls-Royce isn’t about to get complacent with its current lineup of models and steady sales growth; the British luxury automaker is planning on a V16-powered convertible and even an SUV model.
After Rolls-Royce debuts the Wraith model in Geneva in just a few weeks time, it appears that it’ll be addressing Bentley’s entry into the SUV market with an SUV of its own. More exciting however, is the prospect of the British automaker building a V16-powered convertible that could be a supercar rivaling the likes of the Bugatti Veyron.
Rolls-Royce has long been considering a V16 powerplant, having debuted a 100EX concept back in 2004 that was equipped with a 9.0-liter, V16. According to CAR, engineering sources have regretted that the powerplant hasn’t made its way into a production model – especially the Phantom, where it could have helped further differentiate the model from the cheaper, but more powerful Ghost.
Of course, Rolls-Royce wouldn’t be targeting the performance numbers that Bugatti exudes. It will continue to uphold its values in luxury and refinement if a V16-powered roadster was to be produced. As for the SUV, Rolls-Royce head Harald Kruger admitted in the same interview that the automaker is constantly “monitoring the competition’s activities,” and “regularly debating whether to take action.”
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